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In a new paper in PNAS, University of California, Los Angeles researchers describe a new high-powered camera they've built to capture the activity of single cells in high resolution, reports Popular Science's Rebecca Boyle. The camera — which the researchers say is the fastest camera ever built — can count individual cells and process a larger number of images faster and more continuously than existing light microscopes, Boyle adds. It could potentially detect small amounts of cancer cells hiding among healthy cells before any other diagnostic. "Engineers at UCLA mashed up several technologies to build this new camera, which uses a method known as STEAM: serial time-encoded amplified microscopy," she says. "It can take 36.7 million frames per second with a shutter speed of 27 picoseconds. It's sensitive to one part per million in real time, capturing cells moving at 9 mph. It can process 100,000 cells per second."

The Scan

Driving Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes Down

Researchers from the UK and Italy have tested a gene drive for mosquitoes to limit the spread of malaria, NPR reports.

Office Space to Lab Space

The New York Times writes that some empty office spaces are transforming into lab spaces.

Prion Pause to Investigate

Science reports that a moratorium on prion research has been imposed at French public research institutions.

Genome Research Papers on Gut Microbe Antibiotic Response, Single-Cell RNA-Seq Clues to Metabolism, More

In Genome Research this week: gut microbial response to antibiotic treatment, approach to gauge metabolic features from single-cell RNA sequencing, and more.